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Top WordPress Ecommerce Plugins 2016
The first step to building an e-store involves priming your WordPress platform. You need to transform WordPress from a mere blogging software into an e-commerce engine that will showcase products, collect orders and ultimately, take money from people.
The following ten (10) WordPress e-commerce plugins will help you set up shop in no time.
With over two (2) million downloads and an impressive rating of 4.1/5.0 (courtesy of WordPress.org), WooCommerce is the plugin you need to build and run your online business.
According to WooThemes – the guys behind the plugin – WooCommerce will “…transform your WordPress website into a thoroughbred e-commerce store.” It’s not only powerful, but also very extendable, which gives you the power to sell any product under the sun in a beautiful way.
This WordPress e-commerce plugin is popular for the following features:
Flexibility and strength since it’s built around WordPress best practices
An intuitive dashboard with widgets and detailed reports to help you keep track of sales, stock, store performance and statistics
Fully compatible with WordPress themes
WordPress 3.8 compatible
Mijireh checkout to secure all payments
Several payment options including credit cards, cash on delivery and cheque
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WooCommerce is free but you can purchase powerful extensions on CodeCanyon.
With over 2.6 million downloads, WP e-commerce beats WooCommerce in popularity, but with a rating of 2.8 out of 5 stars, it has very little (or nothing) on the latter in terms of functionality.
However, WP e-commerce has some great features such as:
Seamless integration to WordPress
Compatibility with most WordPress themes and other plugins
WordPress widget support
Shortcode and template tag features
Works out of the box
Compatible with WordPress and WordPress Multisite
Fully customizable using custom HTML and CSS
Priority support for the premium version
Numerous Paypal options i.e. PayPal Payments Standard, PayPal Payments Pro and PayPal Payments Express
Multiple payment gateways including Google Wallet, Chronopay, iDEAL, BluePay, Sagepay, Paystation, Authorize.net and FirstData/LinkPoint amongst others
Marketing-ready with multiple options such as New Products widgets, Cross-sells, flexible coupon rules, quantity discounts, Google Analytics, Google Sitemaps, Google Base integration etc
Drag and drop shopping for better user experience
And much much more
WP e-commerce might have little on WooCommerce in terms of functionality based on user ratings, but feature-wise, it is well endowed. The plugin was developed by Dan Milward, Gary Cao and Justin Sainton and is maintained at Getshopped.org.
ITHEMES EXCHANGE: SIMPLE ECOMMERCE
Are you looking for a simple yet powerful e-commerce solution for your WordPress site? Well, look no further, iThemes Exchange got you covered.
The plugin, which was developed by iThemes, has over fourteen (14) thousand downloads and a rating of 5/5. It enables you to set up and run an e-commerce store quickly by eliminating the challenging aspects and concentrating on simplicity.
Some of its unique features include a simplified interface that helps you to add product easily, PayPal and Stripe integration, fully extendable, and custom management to let you run your estore your way. The plugin boasts of so many other features not mentioned above. You can also purchase the Pro pack that comes with additional features including 24/7 support.
CART66 LITE :: WORDPRESS ECOMMERCE
According to reality66, the author, Cart66 is “…the easiest to use WordPress e-commerce shopping cart plugin.” Let us look at some of its features and make our own judgement.
To begin with, Cart66 allows you to receive credit card payments securely with the Mijireh checkout system.
Other than that, you can integrate Cart66 to Amazon S3, manage orders, run promotions, calculate taxes, provide multiple shopping options to your customers, place products whenever you want on your website, integrate affiliate platforms, send out custom-made email receipts and set custom currencies.
Other features are available in Cart66 Professional even though the free version gives you everything you need to get your store up and running.
It’s easy to configure and use, and with the numerous options, nothing should stand between you and your online dreams.
Jigoshop is a professional WordPress e-commerce plugin built by designers with years of experience developing e-commerce solutions for big brands.
To guarantee excellent customizability and performance, the authors developed the feature-rich Jigoshop upon WordPress core functionality.
While still keeping it simple and straightforward, Jigoshop offers you all the features you need “…to set up an e-commerce website lickety-split.”
The plugins boasts of unique e-commerce features such as:
Multiple product options i.e. you can offer downloadable digital products, affiliate products, variable products and grouped products
Detailed reports of sales, orders and store performance
Multiple shipping methods
Multiple payment gateways
Easy to set up and use
Secure and highly customizable
An ever-growing support community to hold your hand
Jigoshop is free, has over about 300,000 downloads and a user rating of 3.9/5.0. If you’re looking for a feature-packed e-commerce plugin for WordPress, this is it.
MARKETPRESS – WORDPRESS ECOMMERCE
If you’re a fan of WPMUdev plugins, you will most likely love MarketPress. According to WPMUdev, “…MarketPress is the easiest to use, best designed and most powerful e-commerce/shopping cart plugin available for WordPress today.”
MarketPress is a simple WordPress e-commerce plugin that will help you set up a stylish store from the ground up in a few minutes. The plugin offers all the features you need such as:
Compatible with all WordPress themes
Several payments gateways including PayPal, Google Checkout, Authorize.net, MoneyBookers (Skrill), 2checkout etc
100% BuddyPress, WordPress and WordPress Multisite compatible
Countless product variations
And so much more!
WPMUdev developed MarketPress because “…so many of the existing WordPress e-commerce plugins out there offer a pretty awful user experience.”
Therefore, if you are looking for an e-commerce plugin that has a great user interface and offers an experience worth a lifetime, MarketPress is your answer.
EASY DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
Easy Digital Downloads was made just for that – to facilitate easy digital downloads. If your e-store is all about selling digital products (i.e. you don’t sell physical products), Easy Digital Downloads is the best e-commerce plugin for you.
As opposed to having all the e-commerce features under the sun, Easy Digital Downloads offers just the features you need to take the challenge out of selling digital products.
On top of 200,000 downloads and a rating of 4.8/5.0, the following are the toned down features that make Easy Digital Downloads such a darling:
Multiple payment gateways
Payment history feature
Promotional code system
Multiple files per download
Ability to re-download files
Et cetera, et cetra
While I did mention the features are toned down, the plugin is still very powerful and elegant at the same time.
Shopp’s catchphrase is, “Publish with WordPress. Sell with Shopp.” It’s clever, straightforward and lets you know what you’re signing up for without trying hard.
Shopp is a high-performance and professional e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It adds a secure shopping cart to your WordPress website in a matter of minutes.
I checked out the plugin and these are the features I found:
The plugin comes with its own secure cart so you don’t need security add-ons
Easy to install and use
Secure and resumable downloads
Multiple image options
Compatible with WordPress themes and plugins
And much much more
This plugin is bursting at the seams with features. You can download the plugin free at WordPress.org or purchase the starter package at just $75. They also have a “Go Pro” version that comes with developer access amongst other features.
According to shopplugin.net, Shopp is a “…simply usable, fully flexible, e-commerce framework.” Do I agree? Yes I do.
If you’re ready to flesh out your online business dream, you need a feature-rich but accessible e-commerce plugin that won’t let you down along the way.
eShop is that plugin, and the following features will show you why:
Create products using WordPress posts and pages
Compatible with custom post types
Create customer sign ups easily
Multiple ways of listing products
Create multiple options for your products
Offer downloadable products
Several shipping methods
WordPress, WordPress Multisite compatible
Multiple payment gateways
And so much more!
Didn’t I mention eShop is feature-packed? The plugin has a user rating of 3.8/5.0 and over 500,000 downloads at WordPress.org.
If you are a fan of keeping things simple, Quick Shop is the e-commerce solution you need for your WordPress e-store.
Quick Shop comes with built-in email and PayPal functionalities (the two main features), which give you the ability to set up shop, take orders and make money right away.
Oh yeah, it’s that simple.
What’s more, the Quick Shop plugin is compatible with WordPress themes with sidebars since the plugin adds a sidebar widget to show your customer what they have in their cart.
The plugin is fully customizable using custom CSS, compatible with WordPress, WordPress Multisite and has shopping cart and checkout pages amongst other features.
With over 100,000 downloads and a rating of 3.7/5.0, Quick Shop is gaining traction by the day.